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We are excited to share our new Library catalog and search tool! We hope that you will find it easy to search and explore our collections. If you need help, have questions, or want to share feedback, visit the Ask a Librarian page.
As an interdisciplinary field, urban studies research will require you to use approaches, perspectives and evidence from a number of different subject areas.
You may find yourself using collections pertaining to art and architecture, economics, education, geography, history, political science, and sociology, in order to locate books, articles, maps, data, primary sources and other resources.
Begin with Library Search to explore the resources available to you through Vassar.
Access the vast resources available at the Vassar College Libraries. Use Library Search to locate books, special collections, media, government documents, and electronic resources, including journals, journal articles, ebooks, databases, and more.
SEARCH TERMS & SUBJECT HEADINGS
Using a combination of keywords and subject headings will likely bring you the most success when searching for relevant sources, particularly so when conducting interdisciplinary research.
keywords - words that describe the main concepts of your research
for exp. blockbusting; urban life; built environment
subject headings - controlled vocabulary that describe a topic and subtopic in a standardized, consistent way
for exp. Cities and towns; Cities, countries, regions; Community development; Architecture; Land use; Education, urban; Sociology, urban; Housing policy; Inner cities; Urban economics; Urban geography; Urban policy; Urban renewal; Urban studies
Library of Congress (LC) subject heading classifications are most commonly used, however article databases, such a JSTOR, may use their own subject headings. Find subject headings by viewing the full details of the source, use the database's subject list/ thesaurus if available, or look to filter your search results by subject.
OFF CAMPUS ACCESS
Access subscription databases and ereserves from off campus through the proxy server. Log in using your Vassar OneLogin credentials. If you have problems, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you log in successfully, you will be taken to the Libraries' home page. If you are already on campus, you'll simply be taken to the Libraries' home page.
Please note: only current faculty, students, and staff may access licensed resources.